“The more you get inside and look” at the agreement, Klein said, “the more unanswered questions” you find.
Too much, he said, is left to be negotiated with the unions .
The proposed law requires the Department to negotiate many features of the plan with the union under the auspices of the State Education Department. Rather than “negotiating” through the NY Post, the Wall Street Journal or Joe Williams the framework is established by law. The proposal robs Joel of a political platform, it forces him to engage the union or to appear to be the spoilsport.
Although Klein praised the abolition of rubber rooms and the expedited dismissal procedures it is clear that the plan was Bloomberg driven.
With an innovative teacher evaluation plan in place, and maybe a charter school law revision, the chances of the Race to the Top bounty has brightened considerably.
A Tisch/Steiner/Iannuzzi/Mulgrew partnership, with Joel outside looking in, is a monumental change in the educational power structure, a coup d’etat.
The plan is complex and does not go into effect until the 11-12 school year. There is a great of work to be done. Creating assessments in non-tested areas, defining a growth model for students and a value-added model for teachers, designing rubrics for the four levels of evaluation, tip-toeing into the peer review arena, fleshing out the Teacher Improvement Plan metrics, complex all, and all with teacher involvement.
For his eight years Joel has set the agenda and deflected teacher union brickbats, almost gleefully. It looks like the sun is setting on Tweed and will be glowing on that building on Washington Avenue housing the dynamic duo, Meryl and Dave.